Rumors began to surface over the weekend about the Cubs possible interest in Jim Edmonds. A report in the Tribune on Monday morning mentioned the Cubs were “exploring the possibility” of adding the former Cardinal to their roster.
Multiple reports following Monday night’s game against the Padres stated the Cubs “are poised to ink the lefty-hitting outfielder.” Edmonds is likely to clear waivers on Wednesday according to the Tribune and while Jim Hendry did not comment on the rumors, the Tribune reported “sources in the Cubs organization insist he will jump at the chance to sign Edmonds if he’s available.” Jim Edmonds would cost the Cubs the league minimum and the addition of Edmonds would send Felix Pie down to Triple-A “to work on his stroke“. The Tribune compared the signing of Edmonds to the one Ed Lynch made in 1998 when he inked Gary Gaetti.
The Sun-Times reported that Edmonds “has told his agent to talk to no one before talking to the Cubs.” Edmonds “is motivated by the opportunity to help a division rival beat his old team.” The Sun-Times mentioned it would cost the Cubs the prorated salary of $280,000 to sign Edmonds.
Once again, stay tuned….